If you’re the kind of person that tunes in to every program imaginable for tips and tricks to lose weight, then chances are that you’ve come across one or two TV segments that talk about hypnosis for weight loss. Now, if you’re someone who’s already tried dieting and every exercise under the sun that will even remotely cause sweating but still can’t seem to lose weight, then you might want to give hypnosis a try.
“I Have Some Reservations About the Whole Business of Hypnosis”
We know, we know, hypnosis, especially hypnosis for weight loss, probably sounds like a bunch of hooey. Trust us, your skepticism is not a surprise. Many people are skeptical about the whole concept of hypnosis because mainstream media has painting a completely inaccurate picture of hypnosis really is. If you’re afraid that paying a visit to a hypnotist will turn you into a drooling zombie, then erase that picture from your mind. At the end of the day, hypnotherapy is more about telling yourself how you want to be.
For example, it could be about losing weight, sleeping better or getting over some fears. Or maybe you’re the kind of person that’s struggling with certain kinds of food like sweets. Hypnotherapy can help you recalibrate and reset your eating habits and eating patterns overall. In fact, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, hypnosis has been shown to be so effective in weight loss that studies indicate test subjects losing over twice the amount of weight in comparison to those who dieted without hypnotherapy.
“Am I Even Eligible for Hypnotherapy?”
As with any other kind of weight loss therapies, you should give it a good long through before trying hypnosis for weight loss out. When it comes to hypnotherapy, prime candidates are typically individuals who are emotional eaters and those who tend to overeat unconsciously. To put it simply, if you’ve know what you should and shouldn’t eat and if you know what you should be doing to lose weight but just don’t have the will power to see it through, then you should definitely consider hypnosis.
“How Does It Work?”
There are a handful of goals for hypnosis sessions to achieve solid and long term weight loss. The chief of these goals fall under changing perspectives, disassociation, reframing and developing and awareness of needs. The most important for weight loss are the following:
At its core, hypnotherapy teaches individuals to have more willpower and to develop a healthier relationship with food or to change perspectives. The end goal of hypnosis sessions is to re-learn the idea that food is meant for fuel and nutrition, rather than comfort or any other purpose.
This technique is crucial for people who want to lose weight. For example, one of the things that you’ll most commonly hear from people who lack the willpower to lose weight is the phrase, “This is just how I am.” When we tell ourselves this, we give our minds reason to believe it and thus, it becomes your reality. Therefore, one of the easiest ways for hypnosis to trigger weight loss is to reframe their state of mind. Instead of saying, “I’m just addicted to chocolate”, the patient will learn to say, “I have been challenged by chocolate in the past”. It’s a huge different and opens a pathway to more long term weight loss.
Awareness of Needs
There is a large percentage of people who struggle with weight loss because their relationship with food is similar to that of an addict’s with drugs. In these cases, food actually isn’t the issue, rather there’s an underlying issue that the person is trying to address with food. This could be depression, lack of security, a need for companionship that isn’t met or something else entirely. For cases like these, hypnosis helps by creating an awareness of needs and can eventually lead the person to seek healthier alternatives to satisfy their needs rather than turning to food or something equally or more destructive.
“What Should I Expect from a Session?”
Usually, when people think of hypnosis, they believe that there’s going to be some kind of watch-waving or fancy hand movements and chants of “You’re getting sleepy, very sleepy,” but that’s simply not the case. A typical session of hypnotherapy involves the patient and the therapist starting with a conversation about the patient’s goals for weight loss. During this conversation, the patient will talk about what their binge eating or craving triggers are. They’ll also discuss what diets the patient has tried and which ones have historically worked or not worked for them. Sometime will also be spent on talking about the patient’s body type. After this conversation, the actual hypnosis session will start. During this time, the therapist will make suggestions that will cater to the person’s needs and address their triggers.
While undergoing a hypnosis session, the hypnotherapist is turning up the volume on the healthy subconscious that we all have deep down inside. It’s this subconscious that keeps us out of danger or that guides us to make healthier and better decisions. Call it your health-conscience if you’d like. Patients will hear hypnotic suggestions like “You will reach for fresh fruit” or “You will recognize sweets are not good for you. Fruits will satisfy you instead.” It’s important to note that hypnosis doesn’t teach you to not have any cravings whatsoever. Rather, it’s about training your brain to overcome the cravings and recognizing that we don’t have to act on our propensities to binge eat or give in to the foods that we’re craving for.
“Will Hypnosis Work for Everyone?”
Just like other weight loss therapies, hypnosis isn’t guaranteed to be as effective for everyone. In some cases, hypnosis may not even be an actionable solution altogether. For example, if an individual doesn’t believe that he or she can even be hypnotized or that hypnosis can help, then it’s not likely to succeed because of the self-fulfilling ideas that will inhibit the process. Another case is if the patient is suffering from particular medical conditions that prevent weight loss like thyroid imbalances, insomnia and depression.